Public Involvement

Public Webinars

The Service offered several webinars to present information and respond to questions on this proposed rule and draft environmental assessment. We had two webinars for Native American Tribes and two webinars for the public. 

Sessions for federally recognized Native American Tribes:  

  • October 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

  • November 2, 2022, at 12 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

Please contact your Regional Native American Liaison for additional information. 


Sessions for the general public: 

Oct 20, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

Recorded Webinar

Slide Presentation


Nov 3, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

Recorded Webinar

Slide Presentation


Public Comment 

The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2022, opening a 60-day public comment period until November 29, 2022. The public comment period was extended to December 29, 2022. 

The notice is available at, Docket Number: Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2020-0023 and includes details on how to submit your comments. We will not accept hand-delivered, emailed or faxed comments. We will post all comments on